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bogusbandit56
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No, no one from the club has yet flown a Versa Wing.

The best flying glider I have seen on the slope is a Fox from Windrider (flown by a very experienced pilot, very agile and aerobatic).

Cheers.

I don`t know how much experience you have with slope soaring but beginners and intermediate flyers would be better off with something that is stable and easy to fly.
I think your idea of having some dihedral will help enormously. I posted a link to flite test versa wing incase you are interested.https://flitetest.com/articles/ft-versa-wing-build
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pileit1
Just another day in paradise!
Any day above ground is a GOOD day.
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Lgel
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I don`t know how much experience you have with slope soaring but beginners and intermediate flyers would be better off with something that is stable and easy to fly.
I think your idea of having some dihedral will help enormously. I posted a link to flite test versa wing incase you are interested.https://flitetest.com/articles/ft-versa-wing-build

Thanks for the link.

I have about 50 flights with my Phoenix 1600 (two of them, broke one), most of them an hour long, the longer was 90 mn (due to the risk of landings, I remain airborne as long as the conditions allow). Flying is not difficult at all when you know the slope where you are flying, and have a perfectly dialed plane beforehand.

I find it very relaxing, I sit on a rock near the top of the slope, and smoothly shadow gulls.

As your plane flies at your height, and must remain in front of you, no neck strain at all.

You can fly in very strong winds without any real problem (fear is your worst enemy there) when it comes directly from the sea on the slope where I fly (no turbulences at all, plane is not rocked around), as long as your glider's speed is superior to the wind speed. When your glider seems to go back, a little down stick and you regain your safe position in front of you easily.

But landings are very damage prone due to the terrain, no nice stretch of grass there as seen with envy in many videos.

The only problem I have is that it is adictive, very.

Cheers.
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Lgel
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If you want to build one, Bob (bobdabilduh55) has a plan available for download.
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pileit1
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Thanks for the link.

I have about 50 flights with my Phoenix 1600 (two of them, broke one), most of them an hour long, the longer was 90 mn (due to the risk of landings, I remain airborne as long as the conditions allow). Flying is not difficult at all when you know the slope where you are flying, and have a perfectly dialed plane beforehand.

I find it very relaxing, I sit on a rock near the top of the slope, and smoothly shadow gulls.

As your plane flies at your height, and must remain in front of you, no neck strain at all.

You can fly in very strong winds without any real problem (fear is your worst enemy there) when it comes directly from the sea on the slope where I fly (no turbulences at all, plane is not rocked around), as long as your glider's speed is superior to the wind speed. When your glider seems to go back, a little down stick and you regain your safe position in front of you easily.

But landings are very damage prone due to the terrain, no nice stretch of grass there as seen with envy in many videos.

The only problem I have is that it is adictive, very.

Cheers.

I wish there were a good slope site near me. I'm in North Carolina and would have to drive a couple of hours to the mountains, but then the trees get in the way
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This is the ficticious Horten that appeared in Raiders of the Last Ark.It is available as a ARF model, but not a true Horten design although it is pretty cool.
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bogusbandit56
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Thanks for the link.

I have about 50 flights with my Phoenix 1600 (two of them, broke one), most of them an hour long, the longer was 90 mn (due to the risk of landings, I remain airborne as long as the conditions allow). Flying is not difficult at all when you know the slope where you are flying, and have a perfectly dialed plane beforehand.

I find it very relaxing, I sit on a rock near the top of the slope, and smoothly shadow gulls.

As your plane flies at your height, and must remain in front of you, no neck strain at all.

You can fly in very strong winds without any real problem (fear is your worst enemy there) when it comes directly from the sea on the slope where I fly (no turbulences at all, plane is not rocked around), as long as your glider's speed is superior to the wind speed. When your glider seems to go back, a little down stick and you regain your safe position in front of you easily.

But landings are very damage prone due to the terrain, no nice stretch of grass there as seen with envy in many videos.

The only problem I have is that it is adictive, very.

Cheers.

I must be getting forgetful in my old age Luis, of course I remember now of your Phoenix flights
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I have to admit, a wing like that would make a fantastic FPV platform
Whoever said nothing is impossible had obviously never tried slamming a revolving door...
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bogusbandit56
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I have to admit, a wing like that would make a fantastic FPV platform

I was thinking yesterday about putting a keyfob camera on it, it would carry the mobius if I move the battery back.
I am just uprating the motor at the moment, see if I can get a bit more speed out of it.
I will have to be careful coz it`s a but floppy.
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I was thinking yesterday about putting a keyfob camera on it, it would carry the mobius if I move the battery back.
I am just uprating the motor at the moment, see if I can get a bit more speed out of it.
I will have to be careful coz it`s a but floppy.

I'm tempted to try some proper FPV now I've got the kit, this sort of wing might just be the way forward looking at the stability of it...
Whoever said nothing is impossible had obviously never tried slamming a revolving door...
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bogusbandit56
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I'm tempted to try some proper FPV now I've got the kit, this sort of wing might just be the way forward looking at the stability of it...

I have been thinking of building a bigger stronger version.
I think the old brown paper trick will stiffen it up.
Let me know and I will do some work on making a bigger version.
How much does the fpv stuff weigh?
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Sterling101
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I have been thinking of building a bigger stronger version.
I think the old brown paper trick will stiffen it up.
Let me know and I will do some work on making a bigger version.
How much does the fpv stuff weigh?

With battery my current one is about 12g - yes it's that light
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bogusbandit56
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With battery my current one is about 12g - yes it's that light

It will carry that weight no problem.
I can do a wing plan for you but it will be hand drawn, I could pop it in the post
It`s only one sheet of depron. A nice blended fuselage would tidy it up and would look great.
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It will carry that weight no problem.
I can do a wing plan for you but it will be hand drawn, I could pop it in the post
It`s only one sheet of depron. A nice blended fuselage would tidy it up and would look great.

Sounds like a plan, if you excuse the pun!

I could try and translate it into inkscape if you like too...
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bogusbandit56
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Sounds like a plan, if you excuse the pun!

I could try and translate it into inkscape if you like too...

That sounds like a plan
OK I will get on it during the day. I have been cutting some panels for a little larger version.
Hopefully it will be easier to see and have a bit more POWERRRRRRRRRRRRR!
I am going to build it with a simple aerofoil rather than the KF2.
Unless I put in some geodesic reinforcing , I will have to use BP to stop wing flutter.
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